In a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Steven Long argues that Henri de Lubac's teaching on nature and grace was understandable given the problem situation to whose implications he was responding, but that it unwittingly contributed to the loss of nature as a normative principle. "If one inherits a reduced and anti-theistic idea of “nature,” and if one also inherits an absolutization of the libertarian idea that human freedom lies naturally outside the divine causality and providence, then the denial of any natural proportionate end distinct from supernatural beatitude may seem essential to safeguarding the theonomic character of the human drama. […] de Lubac’s position would be the only one available to the thoughtful Christian were it necessary to accept as true the remote judgements that formed the problem situation to which he was responding—but that it is not necessary to accept them; that these seminal errors should be corrected rather than for apologetic reasons permitted to define the essential contours of theology; and that the price of escaping their force without disavowing them is a strategic disequilibration of the Christian synthesis. Like a firefighter who des not know that the fire has spread far beyond one room and who inadvertently intensifies the fire elsewhere by redirecting the airflow, de Lubac’s heroic effort to escape the implications of antecedent errors in certain critical respects served to amplify them. Nonetheless, any fruitful recovery of the richness of the tradition must achieve the theological end he sought—that of safeguarding the thoroughly theonomic character of the real—while avoiding the loss of nature that has ensued from the manner in which he sought to achieve the end of safeguarding the theonomic character of reality."